Types of Federal Child Pornography Crimes

Illionois defense attorney, Illinois federal crimes lawyer, Illinois criminal defense lawyerThe general term “federal child pornography charges” can refer to several different crimes based on the facts and circumstances of a case. These crimes are closely related, and you can be charged with multiple offenses at the same time.

Our firm treats those accused of federal child pornography charges with professionalism and dignity. We believe that everyone is entitled to a defense and to legal counsel that will argue zealously for your in court.

What Is Child Pornography and Related Offenses?

Child pornography is defined as any visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving someone under 18 years old.

Child pornography offenses include:

  • Possession of child pornography;
  • Production of child pornography;
  • Distribution of child pornography;
  • Receipt of child pornography;
  • Persuasion, inducement, enticement, or coercion of a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for purposes of producing visual depictions of that conduct; and
  • Buying, selling, or transferring custody of a minor for purposes of producing child pornography.

Also, anyone who attempts or conspires to commit a child pornography offense is also guilty of a crime under federal law.

Why You Should Understand the Differences Between These Crimes

Different charges carry different sentencing ranges. While even one count of possession can carry significant jail time, the law requires and judges typically sentence those found guilty of producing or distributing child pornography to harsher prison sentences.

In addition, it is important to fully understand what facts constitute what type of child pornography charges. The government must prove each element of the definition of the crime in order for you to be convicted.

Understanding the elements of child pornography charges as well as knowing the evidence the federal government has may lead to a plea deal. This reduced charge could be one with a less severe prison sentence or one that does not require sex offender registration.

Contact a Chicago, IL Child Pornography Charges Attorney

If you have been charged with child pornography in federal court, our attorneys can help. Our firm provides a supportive, non-judgmental environment to our clients.

Upon reviewing your case, we can advise you on the strength of the government’s case against you and what your options might be moving forward. Clients find that hiring an attorney gives them the confidence that they are getting the best representation possible, and our accomplished Chicago, IL child pornography charges lawyer offers years of experience of practicing in federal court. Call the Law Offices of Hal M. Garfinkel today at 312-629-0669.

 

Source:

https://www.justice.gov/criminal-ceos/citizens-guide-us-federal-law-child-pornography

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